New Book Explores How Notable Christian Leaders Handled Sexuality, Romance and Marriage

Romance and intimacy are among the highest joys in life, but a 50 percent divorce rate in America doesn’t indicate much happiness. Rob Yule believes that in the gift of sexuality, by creating us sexual beings, God has set us a stunning challenge, greater than many today seem willing to rise to. Our sexuality, he avers, is “a terrifying grace” – an ultimate test of how we live our lives.

In this wide-ranging study of the theology of sexuality, Yule examines the romantic relationships of twelve leading Christians – how they tackled and what they taught about this most fraught and fascinating aspect of human life. Through a series of vivid and engaging human-interest stories, he shows the astonishingly varied ways in which these well-known people negotiated the complicated circumstances and challenges of their intimate relationships.

Yule’s approach breathes life into classic Biblical teachings on love, sex and marriage, and shows what we may be missing in the shallow experimentation of today’s sexualized popular culture.

A Terrifying Grace: Sexuality, Romance and Marriage in Christian History By Rob Yule

ISBN: 9781512780901 (hardcover), 9781512780895 (softcover), 9781512780888 (e-book)

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press

About the author

Rob Yule is a retired New Zealand Presbyterian minister and a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. He was chaplain at Victoria University of Wellington in the 1970s, a leader in charismatic renewal, and pastored churches in Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Auckland. He lectured in the Manawatu Branch of the Bible College of New Zealand and on mission trips to the Czech Republic. He and his wife Christene have been married nearly 50 years and have five children and 16 grandchildren.

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